The 2-day International Veda Conference and MultiFaith Symposium came to a grand culmination this evening in Prasanthi Nilayam. The valedictory session held at the Sai Kulwant Hall, was marked by three speeches, en-masse chanting of Sri Rudram and Mantrapushpam followed by a thematic dance drama.
The session commenced at 1615 hrs with an address by Sri Vedanarayanan Kollengode, Faculty at Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Prasanthi Nilayam. Chose to speak on the topic 'I Come To Foster The Vedas And The Vedic Scholars - Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba', the experienced Sanskrit teacher and Vedic scholar, who had his nurturing directly under none other than Bhagawan Himself spoke for the next half-an-hour with great clarity, conviction and confidence. Thanking Bhagawan profusely for letting the otherwise confined and reserved Vedas into the Universal scene, purely out of His infinite mercy, the speaker divulged into the rare beauty of the Vedas in the next 20-minutes, deliberating on its varied attributes, be it unity, equality or ultimate liberation.
Speaking of the Ekatwam, Oneness... the speaker in his concluding remarks touched upon the dictum of The Supreme Resolve, Ekoham Bahusyami...reminding the audience of the need to respect and love everyone as, He...The One alone has manifested into many. Hailing the Vedas as the succour for a world full of trials and tribulations, Sri Vedanarayanan profusely thanked Bhagawan for releasing the Vedas unto the broader universal scene.
Addressing next, Sri SS Naganad, Member Trustee, SSSCT commented on the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation's yeomen effort organising the two-day event, the first-ever one. Beautifully elucidating on the effort from Bhagawan's end to make the Vedas universal, the speaker observed that God never had any caste or creed restrictions, but the society imposed the same upon. He, then spelt out the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation's role in promoting the Vedas, as per the guidance received from Bhagawan.
Sri Nimish Pandya, President, SSSSO - India, also the pivotal instrument at His Hand in organising the event, then had his concluding remarks for the evening assembly. Speaking on the universal growth of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Sri Nimish observed that, SSSSO is an inclusive one, belonging to all. Two main messages of Bhagawan, the Vedas and MultiFaith or InterFaith Unity are going to be the focal point of the organisational activity in the future, descaled the President amidst thunderous applause. Prasanthi Nilayam should take the lead to carrying the message, concluded Sri Nimish Pandya.
A closing song, played on the public address system, next was followed by en-masse Sri Rudram and Mantrapushpam chanting.
The final offering was a drama entitled Rudra Tatwam - Ekatwam by SSSSO - Tamil Nadu.
Inspired by Bhagawans' emphasis on the Vedas, Sri Rudram in partiular, the presentation highlighted the deep philosophical essence of Ekatwam that is resplendent among the multifarious dimensions that reveal themselves upon a devout churning of the Sri Rudram.
Lord Ganesha makes an attempt to decipher the Sri Rudram, explaining the same stanza-wise and thus the storyline for the evening. Interwoven with the grand spectacle of Maha Rudra Yajna at the Devaloka, the story next reveals the wrath of Lord Shiva as Rudra, which has its root in Love.
Flashback scenes from the illustrious devout lives of Kannappa Nayanar and Markandeya served as add-ons describing the Lord's attributes as Bhava Priya and His aspect of Kaala and Kaalaatheetha.
How the Vedas and Bhagawan's five human values are interconnected, was the final revelation of the beautiful dance drama presentation by the Tamil Nadu unit of SSSS Organisations.
Bhajans next ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagtawan at 1850 hrs.